This site is about a book called The Golden Book of Marcus Aurelius. Marcus wrote the book himself, and was Roman Emperor from AD 161 to 180, and he lived from AD 26 April 121 until 17 March 180. I plan to podcast readings of his “Golden Book”.Please visit the “Episodes and Updates” page for the latest news and podcast. I hope you find this content interesting and enjoyable.You may be interested in starting on the About the Golden Book page, which tells a little about the book. Topics: Philosophy, Stoicism
This week's episode features readings from Book 1, Chapter 9 of Epictetus' Discourses, entitled "How from the fact that we are akin to God may a man proceed to the consequences." Topics: epictetus, stoicism, philosophy
AudioStoa 4 continues our exploration of Epictetus' Discourses. This week's program features readings from Book I, Chapter 4 of the Discourses entited "Of Progress or Improvement" introduced by a passage bearing on the same topic, chapter fourty-nine of the Manual. The small bit of conversation used in the Discourses passage concerning "Crito" is voiced by Socrates in Plato's dialogue of the same name. Socrates represents for Epictetus the very model of a Stoic sage, and his... Topics: stoicism, epictetus, podcast, philosophy
This week's program features readings from Book 1, Chapter 8 of Epictetus' Discourses, entitled "That the faculties are not safe to the uninstructed." In this discourse, Epictetus is arguing for the priority of the moral training (and the proper logical training it presupposes) to any other kind of endeavor. Topics: epictetus, stoicism, philosophy
Naturalopy is a modern philosophy that adopts all available knowledge, regardless of origin and time. Since time immemorial, our ancestors have gone to great lengths to fabricate myths and fables to answer the six primary existential questions of life: Where did we come from? What is our purpose in life? Why do bad things happen to us? Is there a god? Are we alone in the Universe? What happens to us after we die? With universal knowledge and collective wisdom, we no longer require an... Topics: naturalopy, buddhism, stoicism, religion, philosophy
Marcus Aurelius wrote Meditations in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. These memos survive and continue to inspire others to this day. These writings take the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs. He explicates the Stoic philosophy that the only way a man can be harmed by others is to allow his reaction to overpower him. He shows no particular religious faith in his writings, but seems to... Topics: philosophy, stoicism, marcus aurelius, meditations Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
This is the first book in the Naturalopy series. It examines free will. What determines who we become in life? It’s the age-old debate of Nurture versus Nature. Is our life shaped by Freewill or Determinism? The answer was, is, and will always be freewill. There is irrefutable evidence from every field of life that we create our life by the choices we make. We have witnessed disenfranchised people of every parentage overcome staggering odds to turn their dreams into reality. Topics: naturalopy, philosophy, religion, buddhism, stoicism, atheism
Variously called the Moral Essays, Letters, or Epistles of Seneca, the 1st-century Roman philosopher and statesman. Topics: stoicism, philosophy, Roman, Latin, classics, essays Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=pa1EAQAAIAAJ&hl=&source=gbs_api
Cet entretien a pour objectif de discuter la réception des idées stoïciennes et de leur influence sur la réflexion éthique de l’Antiquité Tardive à nos jours. Il s’agit plus particulièrement de rappeler quels sont les courants de pensée et les auteurs qui ont fait vivre l'éthique stoïcienne jusqu'à aujourd'hui, tout en précisant ce qu'ils ont retenu de la doctrine stoïcienne. Pourquoi le stoïcisme a-t-il pu toucher autant de personnes dans des contextes historiques si... Topics: Stoïcisme, Stoicism, Influence, Réception, Reception, Ethique, Ethics
Most of us seek a spiritual life after prolonged unease and calamity. Most pursue answers in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and political affiliations—all of which are unnecessary. The truths and answers to life are not in religion and politics, but in science and self-education. Topics: naturalopy, spirituality, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
Our time is limited on this Earth—our days are numbered the day we were born. Our thinking about our place in the world changes when we come to this realization. With this acceptance, we begin to prioritize where to spend our time. We make a list of the things that are important and those that are trivial. Then we only spend our time on the important matters, since we have no time for trivialities. Topics: naturalopy, time, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
There are night dreams and there are daydreams. The conscious daydreams are our vision of what our soul yearns for. However, most of us end up in mediocrity because we fail to pursue our dreams—for fear of judgment, for fear of failure, or even for fear of success. Now we know why it takes courage to pursue dreams. Topics: naturalopy, dreams, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
The Universe is a structure of balance. It is comprised of elaborate systems of equilibrium, from the quantum to the cosmos. There are particles and antiparticles; matter and anti-matter; mass and energy. Since humans are made of molecules, atoms, protons, electrons, neutrons, quarks and gluons, and so forth, we are a part of the Universe’s structure of balance. For us, this equilibrium is maintained by Karma—the universal law of cause and effect. Topics: naturalopy, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
A place to call home, nutritious food, engaging work and hobbies, someone to love, and good company are the essential needs of life. Our ego complicates life by adding wants, most of which have no spiritual value. We live in an over-connected society, bombarded with frivolous information. Every company has an idea of what we should own and how we should live. Save for the farmers and home builders, most everyone else is selling us the latest wants. Topics: naturalopy, stoicism, religion, philosophy, simplicity, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
Patrick McCarty discusses the writings of Epictetus and makes the case that he still, 20 centuries on, is a radical thinker, a life-changing influence. For a complete archive of shows, see http://www.tutorchicagoland.com Topics: epictetus, stoicism, happiness, power of now, tolle, krishnamurti, wisdom, spirituality
When we are young, unknowledgeable, inexperienced, and impressionable, everything is opinion. We think we know how life and the world at large works, but after we become enlightened and wise, our perspective of the world changes. We begin to think that maybe the mass media doesn’t have our best interest at heart, but is putting the interest of its advertisers before our own. Or that our donation to the church, synagogue, or mosque is enriching the lives of the higher-ups and contributing to... Topics: naturalopy, wisdom, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
According to the Greek philosopher and mathematician Plato (428 - 348 BCE), the Four Cardinal Virtues are: moderation, wisdom, courage, and justice. Virtue is more complex than knowing the difference between right and wrong, and moral and immoral. Virtue, when taken as a whole, is a set of values and belief system that guides our decision making process—virtues are our guiding light in life. Although political values, economic values, and legal values may shift, the virtues that encompass... Topics: naturalopy, virtue, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
Cet entretien a pour objectif de discuter la réception des idées stoïciennes et de leur influence sur la réflexion éthique de l’Antiquité Tardive à nos jours. Il s’agit plus particulièrement de rappeler quels sont les courants de pensée et les auteurs qui ont fait vivre l'éthique stoïcienne jusqu'à aujourd'hui, tout en précisant ce qu'ils ont retenu de la doctrine stoïcienne. Pourquoi le stoïcisme a-t-il pu toucher autant de personnes dans des contextes historiques si... Topics: Stoïcisme, Stoicism, Ethique, Ethics, Diffusion, Influence, Philosophie antique, Ancient Philosophy
LibriVox recording of Handbüchlein der stoischen Moral, by Epiktet. Read by redaer. Encheiridion, stoische Regeln für ein zufriedenes Leben. Knapp und ausgezeichnet. Geschrieben von Epiktet (ca. 50-138). Übersetzung durch Carl Conz von 1864. (Summary by redaer) This reading is in German. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free... Topics: librivox, philosophy, audiobook, audiobuch, German, Deutsch, Epiktet, Stoicism, Moral Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Some see the glass as half-empty, some see it as half-full, and others just fill-up the glass. That is attitude in a nutshell. A person with a negative attitude blames the world for their woes. A person with a positive attitude looks for causes behind their woes, learns from them, and moves on. Topics: naturalopy, attitude, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
Disease enters through the mouth. Therefore, the foundation of health is a nutritious diet laden with organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, algae, legumes, grains, herbs, spices, essential oils, and moderate animal protein, particularly seafood. Many illnesses and diseases are associated with or are directly linked to malnutrition... Topics: naturalopy, health, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
Ask 10 people the definition of success and expect different answers. Although success is frequently associated with financial wealth, money is only a small part of success. The definition of success is probably best said by Maya Angelou, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Therefore, success can be likened to having peace of mind—to live a life of our own choosing. Topics: naturalopy, success, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
The road from suffering to salvation is a transformational journey, one that is a universal experience. The journey exists because life did not come with a manual, and for this reason we experiment and make mistakes—we are not sinners. We experiment and make mistakes. As a result, our accumulated mistakes and wrongdoings create suffering. Many people view this suffering as an evil, when it is only karma that needs to be remedied and rebalanced. Topics: naturalopy, salvation, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
If compassion had a mental process, it would be this: reserve judgement, understand, accept, and relieve. The most difficult part is to understand what someone else is going through if we have not been through the exact experience ourself. However, if we have been a recipient of compassion, then we know how uplifting it is. Therefore, we don’t need to exactly understand what someone else is going through to show them compassion. We just need to know that compassion will brighten their... Topics: naturalopy, compassion, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
In order to truly love someone, we must learn to love ourself first—we can only give to others what we have. When a person is incapable of loving anyone, it means they’re incapable of loving themself. This person needs to learn to accept themself for who they are and be honest with their shortcomings. Remember, no one is perfect, so we should learn to accept our imperfections and quirks. We are unique because of them. Topics: naturalopy, love, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
The essence of character is to be our own person, to have a self-identity, and to live according to our philosophy and values regardless of others are doing. Too many times our character is influenced by the media, religion, peers, and the agenda of someone else. A person with a resolute and enduring character is one who is comfortable in their own skin—someone who is able to accept everything that has happened to them, good and bad. A person of strong character accepts the mistakes of the... Topics: naturalopy, character, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
LibriVox recording of Moral Letters, Vol. I by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. (Translated by Richard M. Gummere.) Read in English by Felipe Vogel."Among the personalities of the early Roman Empire there are few who offer to the readers of to-day such dramatic interest as does Lucius Annaeus Seneca, the author of the Epistles which are translated in this volume. ... In these letters, it is impossible to ignore the advance from a somewhat stiff and Ciceronian point of view into the attractive and... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, philosophy, Latin, classics, Roman, wisdom, letter, Stoicism
Forgiveness is about remedying transgressions against us in the right way. The right way means that the transgressor is punished and we have peace of mind. Although, we do not need to deliver the punishment ourself—the justice system and karma are adequate punishers—there is no peace of mind without justice. However, we do have to forgive the transgressors to attain peace of mind. Topics: naturalopy, forgiveness, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
Suffering is an unnatural part of the human experience, but sometimes it is necessary to teach us lessons on what to do and what not to do. In adults, for the things within our control, suffering is self-inflicted—suffering is the consequence of the choices we make. In children, suffering is inherited through the parents—children suffer as the result of their caretakers’s karma. Topics: naturalopy, suffering, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
Humans are born to be free; to explore, mingle, share, move, express, learn, and grow. These are the inherent natural rights of every Human Being. But humans are also complicated and selfish creatures, thus the state’s need to suppress and deny these liberties. Unfettered liberty culminates in either anarchy or dictatorship. Thus, individual liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to assemble are sometimes suppressed for the common good—carte blanche liberty is... Topics: naturalopy, liberty, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic, agnosticism
LibriVox recording of Trostschrift an Marcia, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Read by redaer. Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 v. Chr.–65 n. Chr.) gibt stoische Grundsätze zum Tod und zur Trauer. Übersetzung durch Albert Forbiger (1798-1878) von 1867. (Zusammenfassung von redaer) This reading is in German. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. Buch in M4B... Topics: LibriVox, audiobook, philosophy, Philosophie, German, Deutsch, Seneca, Tod, Trauer, Stoizismus,... Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
It’s been said that life is a journey and not a destination. Along the way we need to occupy our time with work and activity that make the journey enjoyable and rewarding. But for many of us, finding the work and activity is a journey in itself. Topics: naturalopy, purpose of life, stoicism, religion, philosophy, buddhism, atheism, agnostic,...
1911 book by renown German scholar Adolf. F. Bonhöffer. Bonhöffer wrote three books on Epictetus. This is the 3rd in the series. The first two volumes are Epiktet und die Stoa 1890; Die Ethik des Stoikers Epiktet 1894. It compares the Koine Greek vocabulary of Epictetus to the vocabulary of the New Testament. Topics: Epictetus, Epiktet, New Testament, Neue Testament, Discourses, Enchiridion, Encheiridion, koine,...
LibriVox recording of Stoicism, by George Stock. Read by Leon Mire. This short book is part of the Philosophies Ancient and Modern series, which attempts to make Western philosophy more accessible to the general public. In this volume, George Stock provides a concise primer on Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that maintained that the universe is governed entirely by fate, and that humans can achieve happiness only by cultivating a calm acceptance of the vicissitudes of life. Among the Stoics... Topics: librivox, literature, audiobook, philosophy, stoicism, ancient greece, ancient rome, ethics,... Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of Epistulae Morales Selectae, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Read in Latin by Malone. Seneca is an important repository of Stoic doctrine. His reputation, based on the ancient testimony, has remained ambiguous down to the present day: he was a Stoic hero who attempted to advise Nero, he was a dissolute hypocrite, he was a Christian saint. That said, his letters provided a format for philosophical discourse that long remained valid for Western Europe. His musings always sprang... Topics: LibriVox, audiobook, ancient philosophy, stoicism, philosophy, Latin literature, Seneca the... Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
On this episode we speak with Prof. William Irvine about his newest book, "The Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy." We go through not only the history and basic tenets of Stoicism, but delve deeply into how William has found this philosophy to be such an important guide to how we live our lives positively and gratefully. It's a very informative and important talk and we wholeheartedly thank Prof. Irvine for coming on the show. Intro/outro music by Eric Copeland.... Topics: William Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life, stoic, philosophy, stoicism, Seneca, Epictetus, Marcus...
Paul M. preaches about the human heart we see mentioned in scripture and what that really means. Recorded at The Shelter Church on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Topics: sermon, The Shelter Church, San Diego, La Mesa, Ricky Andrade, shelter, podcast, message, Jesus,...
Answering Critiques of Personality Typology as Normative and Unfalsifiable; and, Some Thoughts On Jungian Type Theory and the Ego Functions Recording date: 12-26-2012 I spend the first part of the talk addressing concerns about personality typology theory from two opposing sides, the humanities and the hard sciences. From the humanities side, typology is critiqued as perpetuating normativity, as presenting itself as ahistorical or universal, as presenting simple dual relations... Topics: typology, type theory, psychoanalytic theory, psychoanalysis, psychology, falsifiability,...
تفتكر فى قيمة نهائية جوهرية لذاتها مبنى عليها الهيكل الاخلاقى فى حياتك؟ ... ياترى هل القيمة دى هى المتعة؟ .. ولو كانت المتعة هى جوهر السعادة .. هل هتختار اقصر طريق يوصلك لأكبر قدر من المتعة بغض النظر عن التبعيات؟ .. ولا يمكن تكون القيمة دى هى الفضيلة .. وساعتها هل هتكون مستعد انك... Topics: Ethics, Value Theory, Intrinsic Value, Ultimate Value, Ethical Theory, Meta-Ethics, Normative...
فكر فى تصرفاتك وسلوكياتك خلال مراحل حياتك المختلفة ... ياترى السعى ورا الفضيلة وتجنب الرذيلة كان هو مهنج حياتك؟ .. ياترى البيئة اللى نشأت فيها كانت عامل مساعد فى تمهيد الطريق لارادة الفضيلة جواك؟ .. ولو ماكنتش محظوظ ببيئة مساعدة فى تكوين شخصية فاضلة، هل ياترى التمرين... Topics: Ethics, Normative Ethics, Meta-Ethics, Ethical Force, Moral Action, Immanuel Kant, Moral Agent,...
Revisionist history, ethnology, nationalism, politics, race and philosophy. Revised format PDF to single page (not landscape). Topics: Academics, Adolf Hitler, Alexander the Great, America Western Man, Aristotle, Arnold Toynbee,...